Callidora Black: A Witch's Tale

The night that Lily and James Potter died it was understandable for Remus Lupin to be in a state of shock and grief. What he didn't expect was a bundle on his doorstep with a note from the man who allegedly betrayed him and their friends. As the child grows, strange things other than usual wizard magic beings to happen and leaves Remus to wonder just what the child's heritage was. Will he ever find out? Will Sirius be able to tell him? Will Sirius ever get to be a father to his daughter? Read to find out

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14. Last Will and Testimony (Marauder's Edition)

Remus held back a snarl as he saw Dumbledore staring at him and Harry with his usual twinkle in his blue eyes. He ignored the Headmaster as he sat down in a vacant chair near the door for a quick getaway just in case. Ragnok stood next to the Potter Account Manager Gorgit who had a file folder in front of him that had the Potter Crest on it.

Ragnok stated, "We gathered you here today to have a Will Reading for the Will and Testimony of James Fleamont Potter and Lily Marie Potter Nee Evans." 

Remus turned to McGonagall as she said: "It was my understanding that the Potters did not leave any wills or a joint will..." 

Ragnok answered "Your information was false. There are wills, they were just sealed until today. We worked hard to get them sealed upon request and thus gathered all who were willed something here so that they can hear the final wishes and words of Mr. and Mrs. Potter." 

Remus saw the covert glare McGonagall sent Dumbledore who had plastered his grandfatherly mask back on after a missed frown at the unsealment of the Potter wills. 

Ragnok continued "As we conduct the will reading, we ask that you maintain the respect and order of a will reading and do not allow greed and self-pity to cloud your judgment or you will be removed. Gorgit, the Potter Account Manager will take over." 

The bank manager sat down as the Account Manager stood up. He declared "The Potter Will Read has officially begun on October 16, 1985, at 1:30 pm at Gringotts Bank. I will read the names of the requested people and please state whether present or not present."

Gorgit pulled out a list and started to read the list of names; "Sirius Orion Black." 

Remus spoke up "He is currently incarcerated in Azkaban Prison." 

The werewolf hid the anger and resentment in his voice as he refrained from shooting Dumbledore a hateful look. Ragnok made note of that as Gorgit announced his name next. Ragnok marked down his presence before the next names were called leaving a bitter sadness in the room "Frank and Alice Longbottom Nee Peakes." Remus swallowed thickly "They are currently in St. Mungo's ward for Magical Maladies and Injuries. They are mentally incapacitated and are considered insane." Ragnok made a note before Gorgit called the next names "Alastor Moody, Severus Snape, Filius Flitwick, Minerva McGonagall, and Callidora Lupin." Remus noticed the look Dumbledore shot him and he was thankful that Gorgit did not use Callidora's full legal name before saying "Callidora is currently in school right now."  Remus was thankful that she was not here and could be in Dumbledore's grasp. He shook his head as Gorgit cleared his throat. 

The goblin said, "We shall read everything written even if the receiver is not here so that Bank Manager Ragnok can make a note of everything that was delivered and what was not."

Everyone nodded as Gorgit started reading "We James Fleamont Potter and Lily Marie Potter Nee Evans of Sound Mind and Body without coercion hereby declare this our last will and testimony. In the following will be our last wishes and requests for those we call friends, family, allies, or foe. Now let us begin..."

Remus grinned at his friends slightly before tuning back into what the goblin was saying. Gorgit noted "Mr. and Mrs. Potter each have written what they wish and with some things they want to say. They will be read with Mr. Potter and his requests first followed by Mrs. Potter and will continue as such." (A/N: James' words will be written like this, and Lily's words will be written like this, and both of them together will be written like this.)

Gorgit started off the will "To Mr. Sirius Orion Black...my brother in all but blood. As Lord Potter, I leave you the ancestral Potter home that you lived with my family and me in...I know it is the only home that you ever had. Maybe you can raise your own family there someday. As Lord Potter, I also entrust you with all the Potter vaults until Harry James Potter, the Potter Heir is of age. I also bereft you with 200 Galleons-40 Sickles-10 Knuts because I can and I know what you would say about it if I was there plus you can use it for your honeymoon...I remember the Amortentia conversation, Sirius...better get on that. Lastly, I leave my parents' wedding bands to you for your bonding ceremony...my mother never had a feminine wedding band and it would look good on your love's ring finger...we both know it. Take care of him and don't forget to laugh. Remember to always Solemnly Swear that You Are Up To No Good. You will always be my brother Sirius. I love you brother and stay safe. See you soon. Love, James Fleamont Potter AKA Prongs." Remus felt tears fill his eyes at James' requests to Sirius and wished the man was here to see it. Gorgit finished the first section "We James and Lily Potter as the parents of Harry James Potter, give custody of said child if something were to happen to us, to one Sirius Orion Black. We also give our blessing, love, and support to pursue the love interest that he so desperately avoided in Hogwarts. We love you Padfoot and always will. Love, James and Lily Potter."

Remus felt his throat close and noticed that there were many teary eyes in the room as everyone listened to Lily and James' final goodbye to Sirius. He winced when he realized that he would be next. 

Ragnok finished copying things down and Gorgit cleared his throat to start the next section "Remus John Lupin. I first want you to know that you are one my closest and dearest friends. I love you like the brother I never had and wish you love and happiness in the future. I want you to remember that Life is a Journey to Be Experience, Not a Problem to be Solved, so quit worrying about rejection and find your true happy ending already. I know you deserve each other and will be happy so just jump in...love is messy and trying, but it is so worth it. Also, quit thinking so low of yourself, what happened when you were 5 was not your fault. You have friends and family who love you...all of you. With that said, I leave you a house of my parents' in Muggle London where you can go to get away or just spend time there to cope and get your thoughts in order. It is quiet, private, and in the country...you will love it. I love you Rem, and will be waiting to see you again someday long in the future. Love, Red." Remus felt his throat thicken and wished more than ever to see his best friend one last time. Gorgit let Ragnok catch up before continuing "To Remus John Lupin. You are one of my closest best friends in the whole world and I am grateful to know such a kind-hearted man like you. You will always be like a little brother to me and I hope you find what you're looking for. Watch over Sirius for me, he will need it...try to keep him out of legal trouble...at least. Now onto the giving part...I give Remus John Lupin a space in Hogsmeade to open up his own shop. It was supposed to be a wedding present, but alas I guess things just don't work out the way we plan. I, also as Lord Potter gift you with 100,000 Galleons-1,000 Sickles-and 800 Knuts to get the business started and for future little Remus' running around. Don't fight me on it, well you know what I mean. You deserve it...plus you can spoil my son with it too. Anyway, see you on the other side when it's your time. Take care brother. Love, James Potter AKA Prongs."

Remus felt his jaw drop at what James had left him but he was in for one more bombshell as Gorgit finished the second section "We James and Lily Potter as the parents of Harry James Potter, give custody of said child to Remus John Lupin if something were to happen to us or previously chosen guardian and Godfather Sirius Orion Black. We also give our love, support, and blessing to pursue your heart's desire in romantic endeavors. We love you Moony and always will. Love, James and Lily Potter ."

Remus held back a grin, stating those words as an oath like they were written sealed Harry's guardianship so that even the great Albus Dumbledore couldn't protest it. He looked and saw that Harry was staring at him with interest and the werewolf grinned at the little boy...making him giggle. Ragnok finished the notes before gesturing to Gorgit to continue. 

The goblin did so " We James and Lily Potter leave everything else not listed in this will to our only surviving son; Harry James Potter and a letter to be read in the privacy of his home with his family. We love you very much son and will be watching over you always. Love, Mum and Dad ." Remus felt his eyes widen at the wording and wondered just when anyone was going to tell him or Sirius...or if they would have ever had the chance to come out of hiding to do so. 

Remus focused his attention back to the goblin as he continued "We Lord and Lady Potter leave 500 Galleons to Frank and Alice Longbottom to spoil their little boy with. We also leave them with a first edition copy of 'The Tales of Beedle the Bard' as a gift to our godson Neville. We also give them a non-expirable trip to Europe  to enjoy some well needed family time. Lastly, we as the parents and guardians of Harry James Potter, leave the custody of our child to Alice and Frank Longbottom should anything happen to us or our previously chosen guardians. We love you guys and can't wait to see you and Neville again. With Love, Lily and James Potter." Remus saw some more eyes in the room twinkle with tears as they realized just how much the war had taken from the wizarding world. He swallowed down his sadness at the thoughts of Frank, James, and Sirius during Auoror training while focusing on the little boy in his arms as to have something to give his attention to. He wondered just what Lily and James had up their sleeve...he just would never have guessed the alliance that would come with it. 

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